o On January 21, a new feature called Extra Cash is added to the Pick 3 & Pick 4 games. Extra Cash allows players to win INSTANTLY on their tickets. It’s the first time the Kentucky Lottery has offered a way to win instantly on an on-line game.
o The Kentucky Lottery hits $4 billion in prizes paid to players since 1989. This milestone is celebrated with a statewide “Prize Patrol” tour.
o The Kentucky Lottery celebrates Harley-Davidson’s 100th Anniversary with a commemorative scratch-off ticket.
o On March 13, Don and Mary Borders become the Kentucky Lottery’s second Lotto South jackpot winners. They claimed a prize of $3 million.
o On March 17, the Lottery reached another milestone, $7 BILLION in sales since 1989.
o A new web site is launched exclusively for Lottery retailers. The Kentucky Lottery is among the first lotteries to have a web site dedicated to retailers.
o On May 28, William Ball of Lexington claims his $9.6 million Lotto South jackpot. Ball waited more than two weeks to claim his prize and says he will continue to work.
o Concluded the “Put a little extra play in every day” promotion, giving away $300,000 in prizes over four weeks and receiving over 100,000 entries.
o The Kentucky Lottery receives national and state awards for its responsible gaming efforts. The National Council on Problem Gambling and the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling separately honored the KLC with their Industry Awards for 2003 for exceptional contributions to the recognition, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling.
o For the ninth straight year, the KLC received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States of America.
o On June 30, the Kentucky Lottery ends its fiscal year with then-record sales and dividends to the state. FY ‘03 sales reached a record $673.5 million and dividends to the state were $180.8 million. The KLC also transferred $3.3 million to the Kentucky Housing Corporation's Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF). Since 1994, more than 3,633 units of affordable housing have been created in the first 296 AHTF projects, a majority of which has been funded with $20.8 million of unclaimed Lottery funds. Funding from the Kentucky Lottery Corporation unclaimed prize fund expired June 30, 2003. The AHTF now receives a General Fund allocation.
o Kentucky sells its 14th Powerball jackpot winner. A Shepherdsville woman, who wished to remain anonymous, cashed in a ticket worth $13.5 million.
o The KLC becomes an active participant in the Amber Alert program. The KLC will utilize its various communications methods to put Amber Alert messages on on-line tickets, in-store signage as well as on the Kentucky Lottery’s web sites.
o August 4-8: The Kentucky Lottery partners with the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG) during Responsible Gaming Education Week to debut messages geared toward youth. A poster, an awareness card and an in-school Beat Addiction program were introduced.
o On the 26th, the Kentucky Lottery introduced its newest $1 scratch-off ticket Dilbert, based on the popular cartoon character. The ticket featured six different ticket designs so players, collectors and Dilbert fans could collect the whole Dilbert gang.
o The Kentucky Lottery Player's Fun Club hit a new milestone by surpassing 20,000 members. The Player's Fun Club was launched in March of 2002 and averaged more than 900 new members per month up to this point.
o The Kentucky Lottery received top honors at the first annual Greater Louisville Inc. Work/Life Alliance Awards (formerly the Business/ Family Partnership) luncheon. The KLC was the top leader in providing Work/Life Balance and was awarded the 2003 Personnel Profiling Inc. Life Award for medium companies (50-249) employees.
o The Kentucky Lottery set another record-breaking sales quarter. Total sales for July through September 2003 were $181.5 million, which is $25.1 million or 16% higher than the same period last year.
o Kentucky sells its 4th Lotto South jackpot winning ticket. Shirley Yearby of Louisville cashed in a ticket worth $21 million.